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Inventing the Charles River

by Karl Haglund

This history of the creation of the Charles River basin was the subject of the guest speaker at the 2004 Conservators annual dinner.


King’s Handbook of Newton

by M. F. Sweetser

The Villages of Newton in 1889

This website has excerpts from the book in pdf format that cover the following areas:

Crystal Lake

Hemlock Gorge and Echo Bridge


Bullough’s Pond

Hammond Pond Woods


Massachusetts Trail Guide

by John S. Burk (Editor)

Describes hiking trails in Cutler Park and Webster Conservation Area


More Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

by Michael Tougias

Perfect for family nature walks, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and wild-life watching, these 47 walks focus on the southeast region of Massachusetts, including Cape Cod.

Includes a 1-mile walk in Hemlock Gorge.



Newton Conservators Almanac

by Newton Conservators

Spend 12 months getting to know Newton’s parks with the Newton Conservators Almanac.


Reflections in Bullough’s Pond: Economy and Ecosystem in New England

by Diana Muir

The Boston Globe said this book about Bullough’s Pond is “an extraordinary book, a combination of polemic and all-encompassing scholarship.”


Roadside Geology of Massachusetts

by James W. Skehan

This book was the subject of the Spring 2002 lecture.


Short Bike Rides in Eastern Massachusetts

by Howard Stone

Contains a 19-mile tour of Newton and Brookline.



The Blithedale Romance

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This book is set in a utopian community and was written after Hawthorne lived at Brook Farm.


The Charles River: Exploring Nature and History on Foot and by Canoe

by Ron McAdow

This book also provides information about canoing the Charles River and hiking near its banks. It includes USGS maps of the entire length of the Charles.